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Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Refers to vomiting: Although both bulimia and laxative use are a form of purgatives, self induced vomiting is called bulimia, while laxative use is considered part of the binge/purge cycle. Btw, excessive exercise fits into the "purge" category too. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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Please tell me if it is bulimia if you abuse laxatives?

Please tell me if it is bulimia if you abuse laxatives?

Dangerous: I've run into various definitions, but as a pathologist i need to tell you that laxative abuse can not land you just in the hospital, it can land you on the autopsy service. Please stop this. If you eat compulsively, get help both from a dietician and a therapist. One way out of this may be to join a fitness organization and make this a lifestyle focus. Please save your life. ...Read more

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I have bulimia, how to fight the urge to make myself throw up?

I have bulimia, how to fight the urge to make myself throw up?

Get Treatment.: Encourage you to work with a therapist who has expertise in eating disorders. Have a nutritionist on the treatment team is also important. Take care. ...Read more

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How soon after eating does a person with bulimia throw everything up?

How soon after eating does a person with bulimia throw everything up?

Binge/purge: That depends on the person, but usually as soon as they feel discomfort & guilt about what they just did. ...Read more

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Is making yourself throw up still count as bulimia if its not about food?

Is making yourself throw up still count as bulimia if its not about food?

Probably bulimia: There could be some rarer alternative explanation that would be accurately psychotic in character or potentially an anxiety disorder related compulsion. If you felt that it was clearing your body of parasites that could be hypochondriasis or delusional parasitosis. If there was a spiritual cleansing or a preoccupation with cleaning of your digestive tract it could be obsessive compulsive. ...Read more

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Why is it whenever i eat sometimes, my body just wants to throw up. Is bulimia a choice?

Nausea post eat: Strong nausea after eating can have different causes and should be evaluated for appropriate treatment (whether possibly from eating disorder, esophageal constriction, GI blockage, GI infection, etc). Bulimia is always a dangerous choice that damages your whole body by protein loss, electrolyte imbalance, and acid damage. Call your healthcare provider and get evaluated! ...Read more

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How long does it take to become bulimia? If someone tells a 14 year old that she is fat one time, can she turn into a bulimia at that second and go throw up and could the child loose 5 lbs because she thrown up?How long does it take to become bulimia can

How long does it take to become bulimia? If someone tells a 14 year old that she is fat one time, can she turn into a bulimia at that second and go throw up and could the child loose 5 lbs because she thrown up?How long does it take to become bulimia can

Bulimia : Bulimia is part of a spectrum of eating disorders. Unlike anorexia, in which the person does not eat an adequate amount of food, bulimic patients eat more normally but then force themselves to vomit to avoid absorbing the calories. Some people also abuse laxatives in an attempt to make the nutrients "pass through" their system to avoid absorbing the calories. In all cases, the end result is malnutrition, which can be extremely damaging. A bulimic patient will also damage his or her esophagus and teeth (because of acids from the stomach) and can get lung infections from getting vomit into the airways. No one becomes bulimic as the result of a single comment, though one comment might push a person toward an eating disorder if the tendency was already there or if other factors were also causing emotional distress. This is not an isolated issue, but one simply one part of a person's overall environment and condition. Furthermore, one does not treat bulimia simply by saying, "don't do that anymore." instead, it takes counseling that addresses the patient's overall health and outlook, as well as his or her social environment. Bulima and anorexia are not safe or effective ways to control weight. And, no, throwing up one time (or a dozen times) will not reduce a person's weight by 5 pounds. Weight loss requires a healthy diet and a healthy amount of exercise. This girl should see her doctor and discuss with him or her a healthy program of weight loss. She should also let him know if she is thinking about or has used vomiting as a form of weight loss. It's not something to be ashamed of, and if the doctor knows about it, he or she can establish an overall treatment plan that is safer, more effective, and which better encompasses the psychosocial issues the child is facing. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Laxative (Definition)

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